There Are Nearly 1 Million Americans on a Sex Offense Registry. These Are Their Stories.

Did You Know? Visiting FL as a Registrant Can Put You on Their Registry Forever – Even After Death!

Going on vacation is supposed to be fun, with lasting memories. These were not the kind of memories John wanted for a lifetime! Some states require you to register if you are in the state longer than a specific time and when you do, sometimes it’s for life, even if you don’t live there. In fact, Florida continues to list you even after you’re dead.

Of Florida’s 73,000 registrants, only between a third and a half of them live in Florida. Registered visitors, vacationers, and those in Florida temporarily are required to register shortly after entering the state. Unlike in other states, however, they are maintained on the Florida registry when they leave and go back to their home states.

NOTE: A registrant’s information is not removed from the registry’s public website when the sexual offender/predator leaves the state of Florida.
Removal from another state’s registration requirement does not guarantee removal from the requirement to register in Florida.

NARSOL Article on this topic: “What’s Up With Florida?”

Additionally, whether in-state or out, registrants are not removed from the Florida registry even when they die. Registrations are supposed to remain on the website for one year after the date of death as provided on the death certificate but many are simply never removed at all. They remain there in perpetuity.

NARSOL is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization exclusively dedicated to defending the constitutional liberties of registered citizens and their families. NARSOL opposes dehumanizing registries and works to eliminate discrimination, banishment, and vigilantism against persons accused or convicted of sexual offenses through the use of impact litigation, public education, legislative advocacy, and media outreach in order to reintegrate and reconcile affected individuals and restore their constitutional rights.


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